Mark Turner
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  It is natural for parents to feel concerned about how to help their children live fulfilling lives. Parents of children with special needs have additional concerns. My son, Mark Turner, was nine days old when he became paralyzed due to complications related to a congenital heart defect. He is now 39 years of age and enjoys a very rewarding … Read More

Ben – PDD-NOS (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
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A Testimonial About a Family Helping Each Child Reach Their Full Potential When our son was about four, we took him for a consultation with a well-known pediatric neurologist. Because Ben used just a few words, made little eye contact and showed little interest in other children, the diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) was no surprise, yet … Read More

NACD and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy)—Very Different Approaches
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We are sometimes asked how NACD differs from the ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis therapy approach to individuals with Autism. In simplistic terms, the two approaches have profound philosophical differences that impact on the specific practices as well as the understanding of what needs to be changed. NACD approaches any individual as a whole person. We seek to understand all … Read More

A Declaration for Independence
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by Bob Doman We generally think of independence as being free of outside control. With children, and from a developmental perspective, I see it not so much as being free of outside control as gaining self-determination, autonomy, and initiative. To discover that you can affect and change what is happening and to perceive, learn, and develop initiative are very important … Read More

Tymps, Tymps, Tymps
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by Lori Riggs, MA, CCC/SLP Are you tired hearing us talk about tympanograms yet? We’re not tired of talking about them or recommending that you get them yet. Obviously we’re not afraid to admit that we’re pretty opinionated on the subject of how significantly middle ear fluid can affect a child’s development. For years there has been conflicting information by … Read More

Fun With Words: English is Easy
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by Gloria Lindsay The following was forwarded to us from Gloria Lindsay, long time NACD mom and supporter. The original author is unknown. For those of you who are feeling impatient about your child’s language development, this will make you stop and think about what a daunting task it really is to master our language! English is one of the … Read More

The Role of Short-Term Memory in Academic Achievement
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by John M. Jaquith, M. Ed. Click here to read the study (PDF) Abstract In order to see the effects of short-term memory on standardized achievement scores, this study compared the auditory and visual digit spans of 546 students (from a private school located in the Southeastern part of the United States) to their scores on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). … Read More

NACD – A Research Based Program
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Research Study by Brigham Young University: The Efficacy of the NACD Program Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 1, 2007 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

NACD Neuroeducational Model Program
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by Randy Estes Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 2, 2002 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

Auditory Processing – What is It? (Hearing vs. Processing)
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by Lori Riggs MA, CCC/SLP                                         Director, Center for Speech and Sound “Auditory processing”—We are hearing this term be referenced more and more, and an increasing number of children are being identified as having an ” auditory processing disorder.” But what … Read More

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